DEC. 2019, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
A message from Lindsay and Alan MORE ARTICLES INSIDE
As we are closing the door on 2019, it’s good to look ahead
and think about what the New Year will bring. - Partner Spotlight
- Train & Maintain
But first, let’s take a quick look back. We think you will all - ProcessForce Special
agree that 2019 has been quite a year for us all. Interest Group Update
- SAP Updates
We would like to take a moment and thank customers, -Christmas Opening
colleagues and partners for your loyalty and support over -New Customers
the last 12 months. We would not be where we are today -Staff Update
without the contributions made by each and every one of -Signum News
you and we are very appreciative of this.
We strive to put our customers at the heart of everything
we do and our achievement this year is a recognition of
the commitment of our team and the ‘can-do’ attitude
that spurs us on to work hard and serve our customers.
2019 has been a busy year, mainly due to regulatory
changes issued by HMRC putting pressure on our
helpdesk. To combat this, we have increased our head
count and employed three additional consultants to
ensure that the service we provide is not impacted in the
On behalf of Signum, we would like to assure you that we
will always strive to exceed your expectations.
Operating for more than fifteen years in this ever-evolving
sector is an achievement we are extremely proud of – we
are very honoured to be here and are thankful to you all
for making it happen.
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy new
year, filled with success, happiness and good health.
Lindsay & Alan
Our new social media wall, walks
around our unique Daresbury location
and staff wellbeing activities
Updates from New Customers in 2019
the Signum office
We’d like to take this opportunity to
Christmas Opening Hours welcome our latest clients into the Signum
The Signum Office will be closed on the
25th and 26th December and 1st January. We are very pleased to have such great
companies on board especially during such
Please log any support tickets via email exciting and innovative times.
during the festive period:
It is fantastic to work alongside each
[email protected] company and we now look forward to
supporting them all throughout their SAP
Business One journey.
We know you will all join us in welcoming;
Oxford Packaging, Transition
International, Bladon Micro Turbines,
Fosters Bakery and William Sword into the
Signum and SAP family.
Signum’s Charity of the Year – Zoe’s Place
Signum are very pleased to announce that we have chosen Zoe's Place as our charity
of the year. We aim to raise as much money as we can for them and support the
amazing work that they do.
They currently have three centres open across the country; Liverpool, Coventry &
Middlesbrough. To keep just one centre open, this costs £ 1.6 million! They only
receive £200k funding from the NHS and the Government. So, raising as much
money as possible for the hospice is really important to us!
You can read some more about Zoe's Place below:
"Zoë's Place Baby Hospice exists to provide a variety of palliative and respite services
to support families of babies with life limiting or life-threatening illnesses. It is a 6-
bed hospice and is the only one in the UK that caters specifically for babies, with the
age range of 0-5 years.
The support that is provided is invaluable to the families, with the majority of them
getting the only 2 nights a month whereby they can have a proper night’s sleep!
We do not just care for the baby, but for the whole family.
We know that dealing with a child who has a life limiting or life-threatening illness
can be hard for everyone involved, and so we want to make it as easy as possible for
them all. We do this by creating a family like community, providing things such as
counselling sessions, sibling support, activity days and much much more."
Signum will be hosting fundraising events throughout the year to support the
invaluable work of Zoë’s Place.
SAP Business One version 10 is currently in early adopter phase with the
announcement of general release being imminent.
Version 10 focuses on ease of use and operation in the cloud. With its new or enhanced
features and further ways to extend and integrate, it will bring unprecedented value to
customers. This makes companies truly intelligent enterprises. The new technologies and
processes allow for completely new and improved business models.
The release will add value by functions, such s completed and new localizations and
refined features with focus on CRM and retail/wholesale as well as by supporting cutting-
edge technology such as SAP HANA 2.0, machine learning, the
IoT and new analytics capabilities.
The user experience will be boosted by a new web client, by intuitive SAPU15
design, and by using a chatbot.
The unique selling proposition of a powerful and intuitive integration is also
significantly enhanced by drastic improvements in the integration framework 2.0
and by additional predefined integration scenarios.
You can learn more by downloading the latest guides on the resources section on the
Signum is going Back to Basics!
We are very pleased to announce that we will be launching a new online training
initiative in the New Year – Back to Basics. An on-demand video series that has been
specifically designed for users of SAP Business One.
‘Back to Basics’ is a free, comprehensive and continual video training series that
comprises of a collection of short step by step video tutorials and covers subjects to
not only help get you get started on your SAP Business One journey but to also serve
as a reminder for long
standing users who want to brush up on SAP Business One’s core functionality.
The video tutorials are taught by an active SAP Business One consultant and covers a
wide range of topics from administration to warehousing and everything in between!
Keep an eye in your inbox in January for access details!
Our new social media wall, walks
around our unique Daresbury location
Forum Fridays to continue in 2020
Our Forum Friday Initiative is fast approaching 1 years old and we are very pleased with the
feedback and interactions we are having with this – Thank you!
We will be continuing our commitment to uploading new content to the forum every first
Friday of the month throughout 2020. Again, this will be knowledge based in the form of
hints and tips, how to guides and help sheets.
The Signum forum is your online place to network, share ideas and chat about
business and technology.
If you haven’t already, you can register as a forum member here
MTD News - Message from Inge
As you all know, MTD came into force this
year and it’s not been without its
trials and tribulations.
I wish to just take a moment and thank you
all for your patience and
understanding whilst we have worked
together through this process.
Please remember that the government
gateway still is the ‘official’ status quo.
After submitting your VAT return through
SAP, please do check the gateway later
If the gateway still shows the submitted
VAT return as the next VAT return due,
don’t hesitate to contact support.
Although, in a meeting with SAP, HMRC
confirmed they would not penalise in the
first year of MTD, we do want to prevent our
customers from being late.
ProcessForce Special Interest
Group (PFSIG) – UPDATE
You may well have noticed that we have
not held a PFSIG meeting in 2019 – don’t
worry we haven’t forgotten about it!
Following feedback from our last meeting
and live web session with Michal
Wieczorak, the decision was made to hold
the event in January to enable us to have
Michal attend in person!
As the Head of Development for CompuTec,
Michal has a wealth of knowledge and
understanding of the ProcessForce product
and he will be available to discuss the
product roadmap and answer any
questions you may have.
Keep an eye on your inbox for your
personal invitations in the New Year!
Bye, Bye Wisdom Wednesday – Hello Train and Maintain!
Last year we launched the training initiative – Wisdom Wednesday and although the
sessions proved popular with some, they were inconvenient for others.
So, back to the drawing board we went and alternative ways of delivering training
Welcome to Train and Maintain – your opportunity to purchase on-site training
bundles at a reduced rate that are suitable for all levels of users and cover a
wide range of topics.
The official launch is scheduled for January however, you can get a sneak peek of
the training bundles available here
At Signum, we value our partner relationships and Partner Spotlight -
pride ourselves on our commitment to grow
together. Our ‘Signum Partner Spotlight’ segment
is dedicated to highlight our partnerships and
share knowledge of complementary products with
We are kicking off this series by shining the light on
Codeless Platforms (formally Orbis Software)
About Codeless Platforms
Codeless Platforms (formerly Orbis Software) has been around for 20 years. Well
versed in integration and automation requirements using BPA Platform, the
company prides itself on its ability to provide robust and flexible solutions that meet
the needs of individual businesses. In 2017, Codeless Platforms launched
Applications Platform, a low-code environment for creating business applications
and web portals.
What does it do?
SAP Certified since 2011, BPA Platform provides a reputable environment for
integrating SAP Business One with other business systems, applications or web
services. Its capabilities allow you to introduce powerful automation so you can
achieve more with less; removing repetitive administration duties from employee
Just a few examples of popular SAP Business One integration scenarios include:
BPA Platform can connect to practically any data source, get in touch to see how
your siloed systems can be integrated to enable better collaboration.
Partner Spotlight -
Rapidly build, manage and deploy database applications or web portals, within a
flexible, easy-to-use environment, to fit your business.
Codeless Platforms offers several templated solutions to get you started, including a
customer portal, approval workflow engine and product information management
Codeless Platforms provides businesses with solutions
that work smarter, not harder.